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First century...and ss to boot

Old 01-11-09, 04:41 PM
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First century...and ss to boot

I just did my first century today. I have been commuting 20mi a day for a few years now with some 20-30 mile rides here and there on my main ride, a Surly KM with big apples. I figured why not stay with what I know and rode on that, at a slow pace 15mi\hr average(no land speed record) and I should be able to finnish it some time before the sun goes down. WOW much harder than I thought it would be, but very rewarding feeling. mabye I'll prepare a little better this year and do it again!
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Congratulations. Was this an organized ride, or solo effort?

On local charity rides, I find that there is a wide range of speeds. I've ridden my cargo tricycle at 8 mph and actually passed people. And I've been passed by people that I bet were doing 30 mph. Whoosh. Riding 15 mph in a charity-ride century will keep you ahead of a lot of people.
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Old 01-12-09, 07:08 AM
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It was an organized ride with four routes 15mi, 30mi, 62mi, and 100mi. There were more racers entered than normal joes so I did very little passing. There were probably 100 or so people entered in the 100mi and I finished in the back 10 or 15
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Old 01-12-09, 10:37 AM
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Nice! I'm hoping to build myself up to doing a fixed century by next summer. This year I'll be happy with a metric. Lots more hills to contend with up here, but even in Florida I think I'd have a tough time with it right now.
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Yea I'm thankful that we don't have hills so the only obstical is the wind, but the downside is that you always have to pedal or you don't move.
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Congratulations! That first century surely is a milestone. I think the wind is more challenging than hills, especially for a long ride. At least with a hill you get a view at the top and a fun ride down the other side. Sometimes a windy day will give you a tailwind, but Murphy's Law says otherwise.
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palookabutt, so you're in N.Colo as am I. I'm toying with doing a century but am a bit afraid of the unknown. I have two water bottle holders and with my panniers could carry enough food and water for an army I suppose. On a ride in this part of the country, how much water do you consume per hour? I've read some places where if I followed the advice I'd be out of water in a couple of hours.
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congratulations. if you want more then it won't take much extra training to really increase your speed (if that is what you want to do).

It is a great feeling completing your first century. enjoy it and give yourself a pat on the back!!
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